Posts filed under: Grammar and punctuation

I love cats and my husband pretends to, so I thought I’d found the perfect Valentine’s Day card. There was a picture of a lovely cute cat on it, but then came the bit that ruined it. If I was...
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Every so often, I get asked one of these questions: “Why does it matter if my writing is bad/my spelling is poor / my grammar is wrong? As long as people can understand what I mean, who cares?” I think...
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When people find out what I do for a living, they often ask me a grammar question. I’m never quite sure whether it’s to catch me out, or whether it’s something that’s been bothering them for a while but they...
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When we talk about apostrophes on Sentence Works courses, this is one that’s hotly debated. I’ve noticed that most cards say “Happy Mother’s Day”. I’ve never been convinced this is right because the apostrophe suggests that the card is referring...
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Here are 10 signs that your love of grammar is taking over your life. Are any of them familiar? 1.     You find yourself correcting your friends and colleagues when they use “less” instead of “fewer”- and don’t apologise when you...
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With our 11 year son about to take his primary school SAT tests, grammar’s no laughing matter in our house at the moment. My poor boy is trying to remember the difference between active and passive,  work out what a...
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Delegates on the workshop I’m co-running in Bristol today (media skills and press release writing, in case you were wondering) might notice there’s a real spring in my step. After my birthday, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, and any day Watford...
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One mistake I see time and time again is apostrophes being used incorrectly with plurals. Many people are just not sure where the apostrophe needs to go when referring, for instance, to men, children and people. The rule is actually...
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Exclamation marks are a form of shouting – journalists call them screamers for a good reason.  And if you’re writing for professional purposes, you don’t want to shout. After all, you wouldn’t shout at the person if you were phoning...
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I’ve been asked so many questions about commas that I have a little section about the curly little blighters at each workshop. One thing we look at is the comma splice. Now I didn’t know that this grammatical faux pas...
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